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 Bent Ligature
Author: frenchbow44 2017
Date:   2017-11-14 00:44

I just got a used Peter Spriggs ligature in the mail, and it has been severely bent out of shape. Nothing on the ligature has broken or torn, it is just very badly bent. I was wondering if anyone had some good recommendations to restore its shape? I have of course notified the seller, so no need to worry about that. I would just like to see what you all recommend.

Thanks in advance!
Maye

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 Re: Bent Ligature
Author: jdbassplayer 
Date:   2017-11-14 01:11

The proper way to do this would be to reshape the ligature using a jeweler's hammer and a mandrel. If done right there will be almost no sign of the repair and the process will help to work-harden the ligature making it almost as strong as it was before. It is important to use a hammer with a very smooth surface to avoid leaving marks.

-Jdbassplayer

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 Re: Bent Ligature
Author: zhangray4 
Date:   2017-11-14 02:30

One question: can you return it?

-- Ray Zhang
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause."
-- Gustav Mahler

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 Re: Bent Ligature
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2017-11-14 02:46

I've never had one of these ligatures in my hand, but would it recover its shape if you put it on a mouthpiece? If you can get it opened up enough to go on, could you gradually work it back to conform to the mouthpiece/reed's shape? I've done this with less complicated ligatures - Bonades and Luries and the no-name ligatures that come with entry-level clarinets.

I don't know what the Spriggs lig is made of or how malleable it is. It must bend -it got bent out of shape.

Karl

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 Re: Bent Ligature
Author: Ed 
Date:   2017-11-14 05:17

I have reshaped standard metal ligatures on a mouthpiece. I often use an old mouthpiece that I don't play so I don't scratch them up.

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 Re: Bent Ligature
Author: Grabnerwg 
Date:   2017-11-16 17:40

My advice? Send it back and have it replaced. It might never play as well as it could have.

Walter Grabner
www.clarinetxpress.com

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 Re: Bent Ligature
Author: Sean.Perrin 
Date:   2017-11-19 08:52

Where did you buy a used one from? I sell the P. Spriggs Ligature on my store (and know Peter well) and always ensure to ship them in the little metal box they come in, and then inside of a padded envelope (and sometimes even more padding if they are going overseas).

It's a rugged product when used normally, but obviously is still thin metal and cannot sustain being crushed or dropped from too high. Was it shipped inside of the proper metal case or just loose in an envelope?

I would also recommend sending it back if this was not the advertised condition. Maybe there was postal insurance? Either way it's not really your fault if it was shipped poorly!



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